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Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part Two

Read "Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part Two" reviewed by Jim Worsley

In case you missed it, Part One of my conversation with Jimmy Haslip covered a lot of ground and had a few good laughs along the way. Although we talked about the Yellowjackets, we delved more deeply into why and how he parted ways with the band some eight years ago. Haslip has been producing records for a number of years now. We spoke about the “other side of the glass'" and specifically about a few of those projects. Allan ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Mark Godfrey: Square Peg

Read "Square Peg" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Mark Godfrey has done his fair share of commuting in furtherance of his jazz career. Toronto--his home base--to New York has been a regular journey. The near five hundred mile trip would certainly be shorter (timewise) via airplane. But the decision was made to roll in a 2006 Dodge Caravan, due to the fact (we can guess) that an acoustic bass is a bulky yet fragile beast, susceptible to in transit damages. In your own vehicle, you can treat big ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet At Regional Cultural Centre

Read "Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet At Regional Cultural Centre" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny, Ireland February 15, 2020 History owes Alice Coltrane much more than the moniker of “John Coltrane's wife." Alina Bzhezhinska makes the point early on to the Letterkenny audience, on this, the final night of her quartet's ten-date Irish tour. A fine, pianist, harpist composer and bandleader, Alice Coltrane was, Bzhezhinska says, a significant figure in her own right, not least for the forty or so albums ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Shankar Adler: Fourth Dimension

Read "Fourth Dimension" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A percussionist with fierce rhythmic dynamism and a multiplicity of ideas, Brian Shankar Adler has steadily assembled a formidable body of work over the last several years, despite being relatively under-recognized. Much of this music has been released incrementally, through digitally downloaded EPs, perhaps attenuating its impact. But Adler should receive much more visibility with Fourth Dimension, a full-length album that pulls together the best of his work since 2015, and it offers a strong portrait of one of the ...

RADIO

I Gotta Swing - Celebrating Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys

Read "I Gotta Swing - Celebrating Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week's broadcast includes new releases from Danish sax/flute/clarinetist Sarah Elgeti, flutist Elsa Nilsson, vocalists Lizzie Thomas and Chanda Rule, pianists Lynne Arriale and Carla Bley plus the Kenny Barron / Dave Holland Trio with birthday shout outs to Blanche Calloway (sister of Cab Calloway, pictured), Dena DeRose, Sharel Cassity, Marsha Heydt, Kenny Rankin and Melissa Manchester, among others. Playlist Lisa Hilton “Adventures & Alibis" from Chalkboard Destiny (Ruby Slippers) 00:00 Lizzie Thomas “Close Your Eyes" from New ...

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Chuffdrone: Actio / re:actio

Read "Actio / re:actio" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

This young Austrian collective's sophomore effort is quite an ambitious undertaking. Divided over a CD and a vinyl LP, Chuffdrone offer up a passionate set of urgent and extensive tunes which are constructed around the reciprocity of improvisation and composition. Each member of the quintet has a say and puts their individual spin on a variety of patterns of sonic impulses, hence the title actio / re:actio . In a tense display of acoustic fusion jazz, memorable melodies are as ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Rebecca Nash: Peaceful King

Read "Peaceful King" reviewed by Chris May

You can judge a book by its cover, and likewise an album. Sometimes. Too often, striking content fails to follow striking packaging. British keyboard player Rebecca Nash's Peaceful King, however, proves to be as beautiful as its artwork and graphic design. It joins a handful of other more or less recent, promise-fulfilling albums, from which Binker and Moses' Journey To The Mountain Of Forever (Gearbox, 2017), Jon Hassell's Listening To Pictures: Pentimento Volume One (Ndeya, 2018) and Theon Cross' Fyah ...


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